Department of Coastal Disaster Management

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The M.Sc., course in Disaster management was started in the Department of Ocean Studies and Marine Biology in 2007 and bifurcated as separate Department of Disaster management in June 2010 and centre is located in Port Blair. The Department is being fully supported by UGC. The Centre has excellent hostel facilities for M.Sc., students and research scholars. The M.Sc., Disaster Management course is intended to develop basic understanding of the natural Disaster such as Earthquake, volcano, landslide, tsunami, cyclones,  floods, land subsidence, coastal erosion, salt water intrusion and long term disasters of climate change and sea level rise and manmade disasters like nuclear, epidemic and air pollution. The curricula is planned to identify the natural earth related problems by Microzonation mapping of through Geophysical, Remote Sensing and Geographical Information System. Both theory and practical classes are handled by experienced faculty members. World class equipments facilities are available.

The Department makes every effort to achieve academic excellence with world class field training to produce Disaster Managers.
Natural and manmade hazards are increasing every year. Detection and remediation of the natural and manmade hazards are warranted urgently regionally and globally. To cater the needs: Curriculum is designed by Pondicherry University, to suit learners with multi skills. To develop man power to combat the mounting natural and manmade hazards, training with ‘Application of Geophysical Techniques such as Electrical Resistivity Tomographic ( ERT) Imaging; Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR); Seismic Imaging and Transient Electromagnetic ( TEM) to identify the subsidence, fault / fracture, subsurface cavity, landslide prone area; identification of ground water resource, contamination of ground water, salt water intrusion, and leach ate plume migration, hazardous waste disposal remote sensing and GIS Laboratory with latest
software of Arc GIS and ERDAS are provided. This training programme produces M.Sc., students with capability to make out and resolve the disaster related problem.


Vision and Message of Head of Department

Dr. S. Balaji

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The department has well equipped laboratories with world class Geophysical, Remote Sensing, GIS, Marine Geology, and Land survey equipment to cater the needs of the practical course for M.Sc., students and Ph.D scholars. The major equipment facilities available in the department are:
  • Seismograph with 12 channels
  • SIR 2000 Ground Penetration Radar
  • Electrical Resistivity Imaging
  • Transient Electromagnetic (terra TEM)
  • Total Organic Carbon Analyser
  • Differential Global Positioning System
  • Automatic weather Station
  • Microscope with Image analyser
  • Oceanographic Equipment
  • Marine Magnetometer
  • Side Scan Sonar
  • Echo sounders
  • Current meter
Apart from these facilities sophisticated Remote Sensing and GIS laboratory with software of ArcGIS and ERDAS. Computing and Network facility: Adequate numbers of PCs in Remote Sensing Laboratory with Internet connectivity are available. FIELD EQUIPMENTS: Total station with Reflector; Auto Level with staff; Global Positioning system; Digital Camera; Rock cutting Machine; Automatic sieve shaker. Multi dated Satellite imageries for all Andaman & Nicobar Islands and coastal districts of Tamil Nadu are available .
Mitigation of Natural Disasters , like Earthquake , Coastal Landslides, Paleoseismology Saltwater Intrusion, landslide Inventories, Tsunami Inundation Modelling and impact of Tectonic Subsidence of Island with advent of GPR, Terra TEM, Resistivity Imaging and Resistivity Variometer, Remote Sensing and GIS.
1. Fractured Aquifer Modelling of South Andaman through GPR and ERT. (Budget : `10,70,800/-) (year 2013-17). Principal Investigator Dr. S.Balaji. 2. Palaeoseismology, Active Tectonic and Seismic Hazards of Active Faults of Andaman with an emphasis on Jarawa Thrust. (Estimate: `23,23200/-) (Year 2016 – 19). Principal Investigator Dr. S.Balaji. 3. Shoreline Changes and its impact on Coastal ecosystem in Chidiatapu and Wandur of South Andaman Island Using Remote Sensing and GIS. ( Budget:`20 Lakhs ) (Year 2015 -19) Principal Investigator Dr.K.Dharanirajan
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